Animas High School 2019 Graduation by Durango Photographers

My husband and I are Durango Photographers and every year we have the honor of photographing the graduating class of Animas High School. This is a great little school and the kids are super smart. The teachers do a lot of hands on work with the students out in the field so they learn with experience. This is from their website:

Animas High School prepares all students for college and post secondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. We accomplish this through:

-Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success
-Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations
-Strong faculty-student relationships, where students are well known
-Engaging learning, where students see the relevance of their education

AHS was founded in 2009 by community members who saw a need for a distinctive school of choice in the Four Corners region. An award-winning, free, public school chartered through theĀ Colorado Charter School Institute, AHS serves approximately 250 students in grades 9-12 in Durango, Colorado.

Ken and I meet with all of the graduating students and a few of the teachers early in the morning so we can photograph the entire group with a beautiful backdrop of the Durango mountains. It can take 20 minutes to get all of the kids organized, and then 5 minutes to take the photographs. We take lots of photos because someone is always moving their head, eyes, or arms.

This is the group photo in the morning, along with a goofy photo that the kids like to do.

Graduation group photo by durango photographers

Animas High School Graduation Group photo

Goofing off during graduation photo by durango photographers

Goofing off during Graduation Photo

After the morning session with the students, we come back in the evening for the graduation ceremony which takes place at Ft Lewis College. It’s an absolutely magical evening because the kids are so happy and the families are so proud. Here’s a look at the stage and then the students throwing their caps.

Graduating students on stage at graduation by durango photographers

Students and teachers on stage during graduation ceremony

graduating students throwing caps by durango photographers

Graduating students throwing their caps in the air

We are located just off stage where there is a black curtain and as each student receives their diploma, they walk over to us and we snap photos of them with their diploma. This is one of them. Many of the parents purchase this “Memory Mate” that shows the group photo and the student photo along with their name, the year, and the school’s logo. I think it’s pretty cool.

Graduating student with their diploma by durango photographers

Graduating student with her diploma

Graduating group photo with student inset by durango photographers

Memory Mate with graduating group photo and student inset

Durango Photographers are available to do high school senior photos, weddings, family portraits, and other events.

Get in touch by phone at 970.884.5292 or email at

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Thank you

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango Photographers

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